American Pilgrims is echoing official advice from numerous sources to postpone all international travel. We will continue to pass along news from the official and authoritative sources listed below. On June 9th, the US State Department moved Spain and Portugal from a level 4 travel advisory (“Do not travel”) to level 3 (“Reconsider travel”).
As a follow up to a previous post regarding entry requirements to Spain effective today, we want to share the following document in English produced by the Ministry of Tourism that lays out who can enter Spain and the requirements for entry:
According to this latest document, only vaccinated travelers from third countries considered risk areas (i.e. United States) are allowed to travel to Spain at this time. The ability to show a negative PCR test in lieu of a vaccine certificate, as previously reported, is limited to EU citizens and residents or third country nationals under exceptional circumstances.
A few caveats about this document:
1) The Ministry of Tourism is not the agency that determines the entry requirements. That responsibility falls to the Ministry of Health. As the Ministry of Health provides more clarity, the information by the Ministry of Tourism may change accordingly.
2) This document was posted on the TravelSafe.Spain.Info website where there is a disclaimer saying “This information is non-binding and has no regulatory effect.”
In addition to the above document, we also want to point to FAQ section of the Spain Travel Health website from the Ministry of Health which provides some good information:
All travelers to Spain will need to complete the Spanish Health Travel form which can be found at https://www.spth.gob.es/. Upon completion of this form, the traveler will be provided with a QR code that they will need to present to the airline prior to boarding their flight. This will even need to be filled out by passengers transiting through a Spanish airport.
At this time, mask usage is MANDATORY everywhere in Spain, even outdoors. Vaccination rates in Spain are far lower than in the United States and during your Camino, you will be walking through some communities with a predominant aging population. If you are not willing to wear your mask while on the Camino, you should consider postponing your Camino to a later date when mask usage is not mandatory.
Please also note that while we are doing our best to provide official sources of information directly from the Spanish government, it is ultimately your responsibility to understand the rules of your destination and comply with them. We recommend that closer to your departure date, you check official sources in case anything has changed. This applies not just to Spain in general but the regions within Spain you will be traveling through.
Some final thoughts…
Travelers entering Spain in the coming weeks will need to be flexible and understanding that things can change very quickly. There will probably be confusion as things get back on track. Give yourself extra time at each point of departure and entry. And be kind and patient with those you encounter (airline workers, border officials, etc) as we all learn to navigate the measures, rules, and protocols. Think about the flexibility and the adaptability that we usually embrace on the Camino and know that you will need it more than ever if you are planning to travel in the coming weeks as Spain and Europe reopen to the world.
On January 15, 2021 the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that all airline passengers entering the United States (including US citizens) ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. This means that within the three days prior to returning to the US, you will have to locate a COVID testing facility.US embassy websites and the website of the CDC have information about the requirement.
The website of the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago has up-to-date information on restrictions, including cross-border travel closures. (Spanish with some English)
Concerning France, please check the following post on the Facebook page of the French Embassy in the US: https://www.facebook.com/franceintheus/photos/a.10150246978736315/10157693405241315
Concerning Portugal, we unfortunately continue to have no information about their requirements.
The US Embassy in Spain: https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
American Pilgrims local chapters are following applicable state and local public health recommendations and requirements concerning chapter events. We encourage everyone to abide by these restrictions.
This is a site (Spanish) that seems to be timely and comprehensive:
The section “What is the current situation in each area of Spain?” about 2/3’s of the way down the page offers province by province information.
The U.S. State Department’s COVID-19 Travel Alert page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province–china.html
Some official and reliable sources:
• The World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
Spain-specific information sources:
• The Spanish Health System is posting timely announcements in their Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/SaludPublicaEs
• The Spanish Ministry of Health (Spanish):
• Status of COVID-19 in Spain, including regional details (Spanish):
• El Camino con Correos has posted helpful information on their blog: https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/blog/camino-de-santiago-and-covid-19
• “El País“ in English for current news.
This is obviously a story that changes frequently – even daily. Stay informed and make informed decisions. Refrain from forwarding unreliably sourced information.